The Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation has alleged that the Nigerian Law School illegally paid N32 million into the account of an unnamed cleaner over a period of 12 months. The school also reportedly paid N36 million several times to its staff as dressing allowance in 2013 alone.
This was disclosed to the Senate Committee on Public Accounts on Thursday by the Auditor-General of the Federation, Anthony Ayine.
According to the auditor-general’s report, several irregularities, misappropriations and spending without approvals were uncovered in the financial records of the Nigerian Law School over the years.
The Senate Committee on Public Accounts is currently investigating the 2015 Financial Report of the auditor’s office. The report says the dressing allowance of 52 workers worth over N36 million was paid into the account of a single member of staff, which violates the Nigeria’s Financial Act.
Part of the report reads; “The examination of payment records revealed that the Nigerian Law School several times paid N36 million to staff as dressing allowance in 2013 alone.
“The Management could not substantiate these payments with any approval from Salaries and Wages Commission to enable the audit team to determine the genuineness of these payments to staff. No appropriation in this request”.
However, reacting to the claims, the Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Isa Chiroma, said he was in office when the alleged illegal activities occurred.